Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Bay Breeze 5k 2016 Version

Since my best race buddy moved away last year, I was having trouble finding the motivation to sign up for races. Don't get me wrong, race people are the nicest, most supportive group of people I've ever met. Nothing like getting up at the crack of dawn to use a porta-potty and sweat with a group of strangers to help build camaraderie! But it's even more fun when you know you're going to meet someone there to hang out with before and after.

So when my friend and former co-worker Katie reached out to me to see if I wanted to walk a 5k with her, I jumped at the chance! She even let me pick the race. So I chose the Brazen Racing Bay Breeze 5k. I love Brazen races - they are so well organized and have great shirts, medals, and post race food, plus all of their race photos are free!

It was so nice to have someone to walk and talk with. We haven't seen each other in over three years - after seeing each other every day for almost two years when we worked together! But we've both since moved on to other companies.

It was an incredibly foggy morning. But the temperature was perfect. If the fog had burned off we would have been too hot.

You can see the fog in this photo.
All smiles approaching the turnaround.
I have to admit, walking a 5k can get a little boring so it was really nice to have someone to talk to the entire time. And since we hadn't seen each other in so long, there was a lot of catching up to do! But even with all of the talking we kept a good pace - 16:17 per mile. Not too shabby for walkers.

Red octopus themed shirt for V-day and a huge medal!

It felt really good to get back out there in a race environment. Next up, the Hellyer 10k next month!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

40 Days of Good Things

I consider myself a very lapsed Catholic. I attended 12 years of Catholic school - my high school was an all girls Catholic school. Being slightly rebellious, after I graduated high school and turned 18, I decided that I never needed to go to church again as long as I lived if I didn't feel like it. After all, with 12 years of Catholic school under my belt, I probably had enough "credits" that I didn't need to attend mass any longer.

I don't consider myself a very spiritual person, but I do sometimes pray. Mostly in times of need, but sometimes just a simple "Thank you, Jesus!" when something simple or silly goes my way - like finding a great parking spot during a rainstorm.

I went out today to get a couple of tacos for lunch only to discover that my local taqueria was closed for Ash Wednesday, and I was reminded that today was the start of Lent. From Wikipedia:

Lent (LatinQuadragesima - English: Fortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar of many Christian denominations that begins on Ash Wednesday and covers a period of approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayerpenancerepentance of sins, almsgivingatonement and self-denial. This event, along with its pious customs, is observed by Christians in the AnglicanCalvinistLutheranMethodistRoman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions.

When I was a kid, Lent was a big deal. However, the focus was always on giving something up - I remember giving up bubble gum one year. That was hard at the time, but I was rewarded with a ton of bubble gum in my Easter basket.

Bubblicious was my favorite!

There are a few things that I was focusing on the last few months that I've let go a bit in the past few weeks - tracking my food, eating more veggies, drinking more water, and the big one - cutting out artificial sweeteners, which includes my beloved diet Pepsi. So I decided that since today is the first day of Lent, it would be a good day to refocus and get back on track. I like the idea of incorporating more positive - doing things that are good for me - vs. giving something up. And leading into spring, this seems like as good of a time as any.

So today will start my 40 days of doing good things for my body and my health.